Collections FAQ

How do I access objects in the collection?

Can I reuse images of the small finds?

Why do only some objects have a location listed?

Why isn’t ______ object online?

Where do I find more information about bulk finds?

Publications FAQ

What are the volumes in the Archaeology of York fascicule series?

How can I use the digitised fascicules?

How are small finds identified in the fascicules?

How can I access the materials discussed in these fascicules?

Why don’t page numbers always start at 1?

Why isn’t _________ fascicule available?

Why are the scans of differing quality?

How can I get a physical print copy of the fascicules?

How can I access the digitised fascicules on my Apple device?

How do I access objects in the collection?

Please visit our Enquiries page for more details.

Can I reuse images of the small finds?

All of the small find images are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International. This means that you are free to reuse the image for non-commercial purposes as long as you give appropriate credit to York Archaeology, provide a link to the licence, and indicate if you have altered the image in any way.


If you intend to use the image for commercial purposes, please contact the Collections and Archives Team directly via the Enquiries page.

Why do only some objects have a location listed?

Only objects which are currently on display at one of our attractions have their location listed. Other objects may be kept in storage or on display elsewhere in a Jorvik Group touring exhibition.

Why isn't ________ object online?

The York Collection consists of over 150,000 small finds and so adding these to an online resource is a considerable task. As such, we have chosen to prioritise adding finds from our most significant excavations. We will continue to work on developing this resource, but if you are looking for a specific object which is not currently available please contact us via the Enquiries page.

Where do I find more information about bulk finds?

Bulk finds may be discussed in the individual Excavation Reports for each site, or in the relevant volume of The Archaeology of York.

What are the volumes in the Archaeology of York fascicule series?

The Archaeology of York fascicule series has 20 volumes, which in turn consist of varying numbers of individual fascicules. Each fascicule is assigned a unique identifier in the form of AY XX/YY; where 'AY' is an abbreviation for The Archaeology of York, 'XX' is the volume number (see below), and 'YY' is the fascicule number.

The series comprises of the following volumes:

Vol.
Title
AY 01
Sources for York History to AD 1100
AY 02
Historical Sources for York Archaeology after AD 1100
AY 03
The Legionary Fortress
AY 04
The Colonia
AY 05
The Roman Cemeteries
AY 06
Roman Extra-mural Settlement and Roads
AY 07
Anglian York (AD 410-876)
AY 08
Anglo-Scandinavian York (AD 876-1066)
AY 09
The Medieval Walled City south-west of the Ouse
AY 10
The Medieval Walled City north-east of the Ouse
AY 11
The Medieval Defences and Suburbs
AY 12
The Medieval Cemeteries
AY 13
Post-medieval York
AY 14
The Past Environment of York
AY 15
The Animal Bones
AY 16
The Pottery
AY 17
The Small Finds
AY 18
The Coins
AY 19
Principles and Methods
AY 20
History of Properties in York

How can I use the digitised fascicules?

Please review the Rights Holder and Rights metadata properties on each fascicule's webpage for details on the copyright holder and reuse permissions specific for each fascicule.

When York Archaeological Trust is the Rights Holder, the digitised fascicules are published under the Creative Commons licence CC BY 4.0. This licence allows researchers and members of the public to reuse any part of the fascicules for their own purposes so long as appropriate attribution is given to York Archaeological Trust. You can read more about this Creative Commons licence type here.

How are small finds identified in the fascicules?

Each small find is identified by two numbers: the catalogue number, which is used to refer to it within the fascicule, and the small find number, which is used to refer to it within our internal database and the broader context of the excavation. The catalogue number is italicised and always at the start of each catalogue entry. The small find number is always towards the end of the catalogue entry and has the prefix “sf.”

How can I access the materials discussed in these fascicules?

Please visit our Enquiries page for more details.

Why don’t fascicule page numbers always start at 1?

As each volume (e.g. AY17 The Small Finds) covers a specific topic, there is a continuous page numbering system in place across the fascicules in that volume. In practice, this means that Fascicule 1 of Volume 17 starts with page 1 and ends with page 30, and Fascicule 2 continues the volume by beginning with page 31.

Why isn’t _________ fascicule available?

The Archaeology of York series comprises 72 total fascicules. The Collections & Archives department at York Archaeology have already scanned 56 fascicules from the series since the work began in 2018. Over the course of 2023, these raw scans will be digitally cleaned, flattened, analysed through OCR, and compiled into complete PDF copies for each fascicule. The remaining 16 fascicules will be scanned in tandem to the aforementioned work thanks to a financial contribution by the Friends of the York Archaeological Trust

The Collections & Archives team aims to produce and publish two to three digitised fascicules per week up to 8 December, 2023. The schedule for when each fascicule will be published on this website may be found here. Please note that fascicules will not be released in order according to their volume and number. The digitisation priority is based on a number of factors including the size of the original printed text, the total number of pages, the extant of any supplementary material (e.g. microfiche), and the quality of existing scans.

Why are the scans of differing quality?

Where possible, the digital fascicules were created using the same files prepared in the course of physical publication. These files allow the creation of high quality digital surrogates. However, as YAT has been publishing this series since the early 1970s, many of the fascicules predate digital publishing techniques. Digitising these older works required us to scan the original books. While we have aimed to make these scans as clean and readable as possible, it is unavoidable that this method results in lower quality surrogates. 

How can I get a physical print copy of the fascicules?

While supplies last, some fascicules are available for sale in the JORVIK Viking Centre gift shop in York. The same volumes may also be available in the JORVIK Group Shop online shop.

Additionally, within the metadata for each fascicule we have included the necessary information and outbound links to locate copies of our fascicules in libraries within York, across the UK, and worldwide.

How can I access the digitised fascicules on my Apple device?

Although the PDF viewer is not compatible with Apple devices, users can still access the PDFs by going onto an individual fascicule page and clicking on the title underneath the viewer. This will open the fascicule as a PDF in a new tab.